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Like a well-aged wine getting better with age, Queenstown’s renowned No5 Church Lane is pioneering a local focus of exclusively South Island vintages.
The carefully curated wine list is selective, so that patrons can be too.
With world-renowned winemakers on their doorstep, sommelier Anna Krykunivsky says the decision to select a list for a quintessential Central Otago experience was an easy one.
“We believe this is the first non winery-based restaurant in New Zealand to offer a list exclusively drawn up from its local wine region, sitting alongside the selection of French Champagne, and we’re proud to fly the local flag.
“Hot dry summers and cold winters produce a stunning array of award-winning wines in the area. You’d be silly to visit Burgundy, Barossa or Provence and not drink local, and the same goes for the Central Otago region.”
Featuring only New Zealand labels that stand proud on both the local and world stage like Felton Road, Prophet’s Rock, Rippon and Domaine Thompson (to name a few), patrons are spoilt for choice with an expert list that satisfies the palettes of novices and the most seasoned wine connoisseurs alike.
The addition of Two Paddocks Pinot Noir is one of certain indulgence, with owner and actor Sam Neill delighted by its inclusion.
“When, reluctantly, we can tear ourselves away from the vineyards we like to head for the bright lights of Queenstown and what better place to drink some great Central wines than The Spire, and eat well at the same time,” he says.
“Of course, it’s always pleasing to see Two Paddocks on the wine list, and who can blame us if we sometimes like to indulge in our own wine when there.”
The new wine list will sit alongside a spruced-up menu that focusses on local meats yet gives equal weighting to seasonal veges handpicked from the community garden and dressed up by head chef Lukas Ryva with a raw, chargrill, and pasta and grains section to cover carnivores and the plant-based.
Renowned for its sharp modern favours, straight-shooting drinks list and being nestled just a few steps from the alpine action, No5 Church Lane is the ultimate environment to enjoy a deep red or balanced white.
Owned by Christchurch-born businessman Andrew Cox, No5 Church Lane rounds out an impressive portfolio of first-class accommodation and restaurants, including Eichardt’s Private Hotel, The Spire Hotel, The Grille, Eichardt’s Bar and the Collection’s latest acquisition, Pacific Jemm, Lake Wakatipu’s first ever premium vessel offering.
No5 Church Lane is located 5 Church Lane, Queenstown. The restaurant is open daily from 7.30am to 11pm.
For more information visit http://www.no5churchlane.com/